So yesterday, my story was posted in AlterNet about the American Cancer Society turning down a $250,000 matching offer from Todd Stiefel and the Foundation Beyond Belief, apparently because they were atheists. If you’re ticked off about this, the obvious next question is: What can I do about it?
That’s a really good question, and I wish I had a perfectly fabulous, magic- bullet answer. (I would love to see suggestions for action items in the comments!) The less perfectly fabulous but still reasonably good answers I can think of off the top of my head fall into roughly three categories:
1) Spread the word. Get word out about this story. Let your friends and family — atheist and non-atheist — know about it. The more people know about this and are talking about it, the more pressure gets put on the ACS to change their policy.
2) Try to get the story into the mainstream media. (I guess this qualifies as a steroid-injected version of #1.) Again: The more people know about this, the more pressure gets put on the ACS to change their policy. If anyone has contacts in the MSM, let them know what’s going on.
3) Let the American Cancer Society know how you feel. Write them, call them, email them. Or just take ten seconds to post your reaction on their Facebook page. As of this writing (about 1am California time on October 12), the American Cancer Society Facebook page is being deluged with posts about this matter. The overwhelming majority of posts on their wall right now are angry responses to this news. The more we keep that up, the more pressure gets put on the ACS to change their policy.
What else? Thoughts?